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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 4, 2011 4:12am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Was GATT/URAA restoration automatic?

Were all films eligible for GATT/URAA restoration actually restored? Was the process automatic, or were some films left in the public domain?

Some British films released between 1957-07-01 and 1960-12-31 have entries at the U.S. copyright site showing GATT restoration; others do not.

Are any of the British films from this period whose copyrights weren't renewed in the U.S. after 28 years in the public domain in the U.S.?

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jan 4, 2011 6:14am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Was GATT/URAA restoration automatic?

Restoration was automatic. Companies did not have to file a Notice of Intent or register under GATT. That was optional. However, without registration the full protections (statutory damages, legal action, etc) are not available to the restored foreign works just as if they were unregistered US works.

If the film was in copyright in its source country and met the other requirements for restoration it's copyright was automatically restored in the US for the full term plus any subsequent extensions. So effectively the copyrights on these films will currently run 45 years longer in the US than it does in the UK.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2011-01-04 14:14:00

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 4, 2011 7:05am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Was GATT/URAA restoration automatic?

Thanks. So I guess that means that as the post-1957 films become p.d. in Britain, they remain copyright in the U.S, even if they weren't renewed here. Too bad.